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Exercising with Lower Back Pain

Increase Strength & Flexibility to Decrease Pain

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  • Appreciate individual comments & concerns. I went to physical therapist and learned several things among which are twisting probably is not good for back, pelvic tilts are excellent, and the exercises in this articled are in general agreement with my PT. - 12/7/2012 12:23:34 PM
  • Can't wait to do these! - 9/6/2012 6:32:05 PM
  • RIANEUFELD
    I suffer from severe fibromyalgia, and would dearly love to do these exercises, but find that even a few minutes can make me so exhausted that I may be 'laid out' for hours. It is critical to husband one's strength, even while keeping moving. I find it beneficial to go into my garden and pull weeds-gently of course- for a few minutes several times a day. This gets me bending over, and using some gentle stretches. Because of severe back and hip pain, I try to modify a little- a minute or 2 at a time- i don't know how beneficial this is in terms of fitness, but it helps me to keep moving, which is really what those of us with chronic pain need to do. - 7/30/2012 9:28:24 PM
  • Re: the last exercise on increasing flexibility in the lower back. My belly is too big to do both legs at once. My doctor okayed doing one at a time and that works fine for me. - 5/18/2012 1:20:20 PM
  • TALTAL78
    hi
    very good article
    i have good exercise book with Pictures and Explanations for lower back pain
    and i will be glad to share it with you.
    you can find it in
    www.paincomeback.com
    tal

    - 5/16/2012 3:06:27 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    I wouldn't consider - and didn't - moving ahead with this until I sought the advice of an orthopedist, who referred me to their physical therapists...who recommended exercises that really helped. I felt I was in safe hands...and fortunately, I was. - 4/22/2012 12:19:33 PM
  • My old sensei used to extol the virtues of a strong pelvic girdle (musculature) to help the back. - 3/24/2012 11:42:50 PM
  • CGIVANS
    I agree with hula hooping. :) I hoop at least 15 minutes a day. I did notice that it made it worse the first couple of days, but now my back pain is better, and it's only been a couple of weeks. It might also be worth mentioning that the wrong mattress can REALLY cause back problems. I just traded out my old mattress because I found some info on the site http://www.qmattresses.com/. Now I sleep better and I wake up with less pain. I figured it was worth a try and I am so glad I did! - 1/16/2012 12:50:30 AM
  • SCHELLENBERG2
    As a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Pilates Instructor I find that although these exercises are great as outlined, most people with back pain should not be doing them without guidance and proper instruction. It cannot be understated how much people with back pain need to gain core strength. The concern is that they are doing exercises with correct form. Incorrect form can actually make back pain worse instead of better. If you suffer from back pain then visit a professional. Check out their qualifications and ensure you're seeing someone who has more than a weekend certification course. You only get one body in this lifetime. It's well worth it to have someone show you proper exercise techniques to keep that body in it's best shape possible. - 1/10/2012 12:09:33 PM
  • Just what I needed - thanks! But for the Wall Slides, which my chiropractor called Wall Sitting, he said it's important to keep the knees behind the toes (i.e. lower legs must remain vertical) to keep from damaging the knees. - 9/17/2011 2:29:02 AM
  • SHURA107
    This is very good, thank you. - 9/16/2011 12:07:37 PM
  • VWATSAP
    I have had hip replacement surgery. Most of these exercises would be OK for me but I wish there would be some mention made about exercises being safe for people like me to do. - 9/16/2011 7:40:44 AM
  • Hula hooping helps my back after a hard day at work. Love it! - 9/16/2011 4:16:43 AM
  • I'd actually like to see an exercise video demonstrating the correct way to get up off the floor and to get out of bed without hurting our backs. I'm not really able to picture in my mind's eye what is stated in the description used in the article. I remember having to figure out ways of getting out of bed when I had my c-section after birth of my son, since it hurt so much and I was nursing my son. Our bed is raised about 6 inches or so with those bed risers, which makes getting in and out of bed a little more interesting... Thanks.
    - 3/20/2011 3:36:44 PM
  • I'd actually like to see an exercise video demonstrating the correct way to get up off the floor and to get out of bed without hurting our backs. I'm not really able to picture in my mind's eye what is stated in the description used in the article. I remember having to figure out ways of getting out of bed when I had my c-section after birth of my son, since it hurt so much and I was nursing my son. Our bed is raised about 6 inches or so with those bed risers, which makes getting in and out of bed a little more interesting... Thanks.
    - 3/20/2011 3:36:38 PM

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